If you’re looking for a healthy meatloaf recipe, this tasty chicken meatloaf is the right one for you. Meatloaf may have a bit of a bad reputation among foodies for being a “filler” food. But this recipe makes a delicious heart healthy meatloaf that you can make with ingredients sitting in your pantry.
It’s perfect for busy parents who don’t have much free time and want to serve a healthy, delicious meal for the family. Check out our article on low cholesterol diet for more low cholesterol recipes you can try!
What’s in Our Chicken Meatloaf Mix?
Meatloaf is generally made of ground meat and other ingredients, such as vegetables and breadcrumbs (or eggs and oats) that are mixed then shaped into a loaf. It’s topped with velvety marinara sauce, then baked to cook.
In this recipe, we’re using leaner meats like ground chicken or turkey which have less fat content and therefore fewer amounts of bad cholesterol. But if you prefer, you can use a blend of lean meat and fattier meat to avoid having a dry meatloaf. 70% of the blend can be any lean meat of your choice, while 30% can be beef, pork, or even lamb meat.
We’ll also show you how to make meatloaf without breadcrumbs by using oats. Other than being healthier for the heart, this meatloaf recipe with oatmeal also has other health benefits. Oats are nutritious, good at controlling blood sugar levels and for digestion, and can also help improve your skin’s health.
We also added crispy vegetables in our chicken loaf like onions, bell peppers, and carrots, but you can add just about any vegetable you might have lying around in the refrigerator. This chicken meatloaf recipe uses ingredients with zero to low levels of cholesterol, so no need to worry about your heart with this recipe around!
The Secret to a Moist Chicken Meatloaf
A disadvantage to using leaner meat is that they tend to dry out after baking. So we’re mixing marinara sauce to our chicken meatloaf mix to make it moist and soft even after baking.
You can also saute your vegetables first before adding them to add more moisture into your chicken meatloaf. In under two hours, you’ll have a delicious meal ready for serving.
Also make sure not to overcook your meatloaf, by checking its internal temperature. Meatloaf cooking time differs depending on the recipe. However, one way to tell if your dish is done is to check the meatloaf’s internal temperature. It should reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit before it can be served.
How To Make Low Cholesterol Chicken Meatloaf
Eat healthy with our tender and savory low cholesterol chicken meatloaf. Mixed with veggies and marinara sauce, this meatloaf is moist and delicious!
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a loaf tin and baking sheet with cooking spray.
- In a bowl, combine the ground chicken, 7 ounces of marinara sauce, onions, bell peppers, carrots, and oats in a bowl.
- Season with salt and pepper, then mix all the ingredients together, then transfer into the greased loaf pan.
- Cover with foil, then transfer to the oven. Bake for 1 hour, or until meatloaf is fully cooked.
- Once baked, remove and discard the foil. Pour off any excess liquid or fat, then invert onto your greased baking sheet.
- Pour over the remaining marinara sauce and spread to cover the meatloaf. Return back to the oven and broil until the sauce glazes the meatloaf.
- Portion accordingly, serve with potatoes and vegetables done your way, then garnish with parsley. Enjoy!
- If you feel like the mixture is not thick enough, you can add more oats until you achieve your desired consistency.
- Sugar: 4g
- Calcium: 43mg
- Calories: 287kcal
- Carbohydrates: 35g
- Cholesterol: 65mg
- Fat: 8g
- Fiber: 6g
- Iron: 3mg
- Potassium: 989mg
- Protein: 19g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Sodium: 337mg
- Trans Fat: 1g
- Vitamin A: 2666IU
- Vitamin C: 29mg
Commonly Asked Questions
What to serve with meatloaf?
Our chicken meatloaf works best with potatoes and veggies for the sides. You can try serving your meatloaf with our creamy cauliflower mashed potatoes. Or a delicious mix of tender and flavorful roasted vegetables.
What to do with leftover meatloaf?
Have some leftover meatloaf from last night’s dinner? You can make delicious hamburger meatloafs by using the leftover dish as the patty. You can also crumble the remaining leftovers in a skillet and saute it along with diced onions, potatoes, and bell peppers. Top it off with an egg and you have a breakfast meatloaf hash! Lastly, you can add it to your soup, or mix it with fried rice.
ConclusionOur low cholesterol chicken meatloaf is healthy, tasty, and effortless to make. Plus it’s made with ingredients that are so easy to find, making it the perfect comfort food you can enjoy at home.
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